Not only has Prakash Jha put Bhopal on Bollywood map, but the noted filmmaker has also ensured that other productions also head to the culturally plush city of Nawabs. Jha recently heard that writer-director Rumi Jaffery was directing a political satire featuring Akshaye Khanna, who fights corruption on a working-class level, from RK Laxman’s cartoon strips.
Jha immediately suggested Jaffri to shoot his film, Gali-Gali Mein Shor Hai, in Bhopal where the topography and culture are conducive to shooting a satire on a common man’s struggle. Jha also lent Jaffery his shooting infrastructure and equipment that he keeps in Bhopal permanently. Jaffery acknowledges Jha’s contribution.
“I am from Bhopal. Coming here to shoot my political satire Gali-Gali Mein Shor Hai is like a homecoming for me. And Prakash
made it possible,” Jaffery says. Rumi says he was inspired by the corruption in the country. “Look at the coincidence... I started writing the film two years ago. Now, Anna Hazare has brought the question of corruption to the forefront of our lives.”
Though the main roles are played by Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Satish Kaushik and Vijay Raaz, Rumi has chosen a lot of local theatre actors from Bhopal too.